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Dodger hothead suspended for season

Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was suspended for the rest of the regular season by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, a day after a bottle-throwing tantrum during a win over Colorado.

"From the bottom of my heart, I apologize for my outburst," Bradley said shortly after learning of the suspension. "Getting upset has caused me to hurt family, hurt friends, hurt my team, hurt fans.

"I need to talk to somebody about anger, get treated, find a way to correct that situation. It's not even about baseball. This is about what I need to do for my life. I let anger get the best of me."

Unless appealed, the penalty was set to start for Wednesday night's game against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

Bradley also was fined an undisclosed amount by Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of onfield operations. Earlier this season, Bradley was suspended for four games for throwing a bag of balls onto the field after an ejection.

BONDS BALL SUIT: A judge delayed until Friday a hearing on who the rightful owner of Barry Bonds' 700th home run ball is, giving lawyers on both sides time to make their cases.

Steve Williams, the Giants fan who ended up with the ball during a melee in the left-centerfield bleachers at SBC Park on Sept. 17, promised San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Ronald Quidachay he would not sell the ball before Quidachay rules on who it belongs to. The president of a Chicago auction company has said the ball's value is in the "six figures."

Halting the sale of the ball allows a lawsuit brought by Timothy Murphy, who claims Williams stole the ball from him, to proceed.

MINOR LEAGUES: Jackson, Tenn., city officials built an $8-million baseball park to attract a Double-A team. Now they are worried the team will leave after the 2005 season, sticking taxpayers with the tab.

All the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx will commit to is staying through the 2005 season. "We'll be playing ball in Pringles Park in 2005 without a doubt," general manager Jeff Parker said.

Team officials have told the city they lost more than $150,000 each of the past two seasons. Under the contract, that would allow owner Bob Lozinak to move his team without penalty.

ASTROS: Second baseman Jeff Kent hit his 300th career homer, the seventh player this season to reach that mark.

D'BACKS: Left-hander Jeff Fassero signed with four games left. The Rockies released Fassero on Friday after he and manager Clint Hurdle disagreed about his ability to start against St. Louis.

RANGERS: Shortstop Michael Young tied a club record with his 210th hit of the season.

_ TIMES WIRES

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